Nick Sandmann is the Covington High School student who stood face to face with Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday. He’s the face that launched 10,000 angry tweets from leftists concerned about…something. Up until now, the only thing we’ve heard from Sandmann is the statement he released with the help of a PR company. And that was dismissed by Nathan Phillips in his interview with CNN. Here’s how Phillips characterized Sandmann and the other kids:

  •  “It looked like these young men were going to attack these guys. They were going to hurt them. They were going to hurt them because they didn’t like the color of their skin.”
  • “…here are American youth who are ready to, look like, lynch these guys. To be honest, they looked like they were going to lynch them.”
  • “I felt like I denied them their prey. I felt like I denied them their prey and so they were going to take it out on me.”
  • “I’m the one whose all that anger and all that wanting to have the freedom to just rip me apart, that was scary.”

So given that Phillips has accused these kids of being violent racists ready to lynch someone and tear bodies limb from limb. It seems reasonable that Sandmann also get a chance to give the public his side of the story, especially given that numerous individuals and media outlets have admitted the context wasn’t initially clear. Earlier today, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie announced that Sandmann was being interviewed and his story would be broadcast on the Today Show Wednesday morning.

That did not sit well with people on the left who only want to hear the story they’ve already heard and nothing else.

Today has already done a segment featuring Phillips (video below).

Dylann Roof murdered people. Nick Sandmann, at worst, smirked at a guy beating a drum in his face.

Punish him! Apparently having his life threatened by an angry mob isn’t enough. One of the big talking points on the left is that Sandmann is getting professional PR advice (which seems to be true). Isn’t what Sandmann has experienced the definition of a PR crisis? The real objection is that he might not get punished enough for his sins, even if no one is really sure what those are.

This next person is calling for a boycott of the Today Show. Over 3,000 likes so far. How dare Today let the kid speak!

Here’s your unhinged Hitler comparison (Hitler’s smirk was infamous):

Lots of people are witholding judgment in hopes Guthrie will savage the teen evildoer.

But the general feeling is that he just shouldn’t be allowed to speak. When all you have is a de-platforming hammer, everything looks like a nail.

There are hundreds of responses like these, all of them from people on the left who are furious that this child might get a chance to speak for himself and possibly even clear his name. How dare he not succumb to the left’s narrative.

It’s worth noting that Nathan Phillips credibility has taken a hit in the last two days. Videos show it was the Black Israelites who were spewing racist hate toward these kids. And when Phillips walked into the crowd there was another man right next to him telling the students to go back to Europe (because they’re white). Finally, Phillips claimed twice in his CNN interview that he was a “Vietnam veteran.”

  • “I’m a Vietnam veteran and I know that mentality of ‘There’s enough of us. We can do this.'”
  • “And it’s because I’m a veteran — I’m a Vietnam veteran — that these two groups even have the right in this country to have protests, to have conflicting opinions.”

Turns out Phillips is a Veteran but not a Vietnam veteran since he never served in Vietnam. The Washington Post added this correction today to a story about Phillips which is published two days ago:

Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

Phillips talks about wanting to create peace. If that were true he wouldn’t be issuing such vicious (and unfair) statements about these kids, he’d be offering them the same grace he offered the Black Israelite cultists. Instead, he’s been on a media search and destroy mission against a group of teens. And yet, somehow, a large number of people on the left still think Phillips is a victim.

For the record, I don’t think these kids behaved perfectly, but they’re 15 and 16-year-olds being shouted out by racist adults. They weren’t the ones provoking a confrontation and Sandmann, in particular, did nothing other than refuse to be cowed by a man who walked up to him and began beating a drum in his face.

Here’s a Today Show clip from this morning which features Nathan Phillips.